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Public voices opinions on proposed density calculation change

The Sussex County Council on Oct. 9 held a public hearing on an ordinance to amend the County’s zoning density calculation, which would exclude streams, rivers and wetland areas from being included in such calculations.

“I introduced this...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:37pm

Millville grants final approvals for Beebe expansion

Beebe Healthcare’s proposed South Coastal Campus Emergency Department and Cancer Center got a final nod from the Millville Town Council this week.

Although the final site plan approved by the town council at its Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:36pm

From left, Paulette Rappa and Doug Hudson speak to voters during a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County in Rehoboth Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 9

Candidates Hudson and Rappa contend for County Council D4

With the 2018 elections ramping up, the public is learning more about local candidates, thanks to the League of Women Voters of Sussex County.

Candidates Doug Hudson of Dagsboro and Paulette Rappa of Long Neck discussed the issues...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:35pm

Mini-golf now allowed by special exception in Ocean View

The Ocean View Town Council this week voted to approve an ordinance that would allow through the granting of a special exception, miniature-golf courses in the Town’s General Business-1 district. Prior to the vote, mini-golf courses were not an...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:33pm

Responders perform trauma training at a previous Rescue Task Force exercise.

Emergency services to hold drill in Ocean View on Sunday

For those who work in emergency services, preparing for the worst is part of the job. This Sunday, area emergency responders will be training for the unimaginable.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1-4 p.m., emergency services personnel will be...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:31pm

Frankford health fair offers fun, food and fitness

The Frankford Community Health Fair has been a popular event for the past decade and organizers keep adding fun and educational activities each year to make it even better.

This year is no exception. The health fair, set for Saturday, Oct...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:27pm

Family Fun Day to raise funds for Parkinson’s cause

A group of local businesspeople with a love for good causes and a knack for fundraising is holding its second annual Family Fun Day this weekend, again focusing on those fighting Parkinson’s disease as the recipients of the event’s proceeds....

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:26pm

The Indian River Life-Saving Station museum is transformed into a rustic, but elegant, dining room for a coastal heritage dinner.

Coastal heritage dinner reawakens flavors of 140 years ago

Imagine eating the fresh food caught and grown on the Eastern Shore: roasted shellfish, lemon-baked seabass, fresh venison, duck and local veggies.

These dishes and more took center stage on Oct. 5 at the historic Indian River Life-Saving...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:24pm

Delaware Seashore State Park to host Boo-Que on Oct. 19-20

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the fourth annual “Boo-Que By the Sea,” a two-day barbecue cook-off competition and family festival beginning 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, and continuing Saturday, Oct. 20, at Delaware Seashore...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:58am

Spirits of Halloween to raise funds for Cocktails Curing Cancer

Karen Kampmann, creator of I Love Bethany Beach, said she wanted a cool inaugural fundraising event with a Halloween theme (her favorite holiday) for the Bethany Beach area and approached Lisa Condon, president of Cocktails Curing Cancer, about...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:42am

IRHS band to host Bands on the River festival

 

The Indian River Marching Band takes to their home field for 2018. In addition to weekly football games, the band will host the first annual ‘Bands on the River’ festival on Saturday, Oct. 13. Local marching bands have been invited to...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:40am

Damon Pla working on a pair of pears.

SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour set for 24th year

The artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) are getting ready for their 24th Annual Tour, in which they will open their studios and give the public the opportunity to talk to them and watch them create their art. The two-...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:36am

VFW offering scholarships, hosting contests for students

VFW Auxiliary 7234 in Ocean View is holding a number of contests and scholarship competitions for students.

The Patriot’s Pen essay contest, for students in Grades 6-8, has entries due Oct. 31. The Voice of Democracy audio essay contest,...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:28am

Historical Coastal Town Cottages & Lighthouse Tour

The Ocean View Historical Society held its second Historic Coastal Towns Cottages & Lighthouse Tour, featuring cottages and the lighthouse in Fenwick Island. Cottage included were: The Wilgus Cottage; The McCabe Cottage; The Outten Cottage;...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

A panel comprising local business owners shared their stories of what it takes to adapt for survival in today’s economy and markets during an event held by the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and SCORE at the Den at Bear Trap Dunes on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Local businesses adapt to survive changing times

“How many of you have heard the phrase, ‘This area has changed so much’?” asked Lauren Weaver, director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, to a roomful of entrepreneurs.

A panel of local business owners shared their success...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:11am

Open for Business partners with 1 Million Cups for startups

Anyone with plans to open, purchase or expand a business in Sussex County, or who needs assistance with licenses or permits, business-plan writing, marketing or getting ready to apply for financing is being invited to attend Sussex County’s “Open...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:04am

Passport ‘Happy Hours’ planned at special-after-hours events

Due to the popularity of past passport fairs, the Ocean View Post Office is hosting several special passport sessions — this time, after regular passport acceptance hours.

“The recent passport fairs were so successful that many patrons...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:02am

Scrabble at the Beach to support Literacy Delaware

Last November, the First Annual Happy Hour Scrabble at the Beach was a tremendously successful and fun event, organizers noted this week. “Participants left saying, ‘Let us know when the next event is! We had a great time.’”

Of the 17...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:57am

Children line up for their race during last year’s Mariner’s Trail Run event.

Annual Mariners Trail Run set for Oct. 21

Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church will be hosting its 17th annual Trail Run on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge at Camp Barnes in Bayard, near Bethany Beach.

For the past 16 years, Bill Lord has been organizing and...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:25am

SVFC to host annual golf tournament

The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 12 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The tournament has a scramble format and costs $90 per player...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:18am

Selbyville Middle School earns Blue Ribbon School honors

Selbyville Middle School was recognized nationally for academic excellence this week. SMS was one of three Delaware schools to earn the National Blue Ribbon School honor for 2018. It was named an “Exemplary High Performing School.”

“This...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:37am

Selbyville annexes 10 acres on way to 695-home development

Plans are slowly rolling forward for a new housing development in Selbyville — one of many currently proposed in Sussex County. On Oct. 1, the Selbyville Town Council approved annexation of 10.16 acres into town, which developers hope will be...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:35am

A sign that Ocean View Church of Christ had hoped to erect outside the church received negative feedback from the Town’s Board of Adjustment, so the church withdrew their application.

Church of Christ withdraws request for much larger sign

The Ocean View Church of Christ has withdrawn its application seeking a signage variance from the Town of Ocean View, following its initial hearing.

George Keen presented the request on behalf of the church, which wished to erect a free-...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:30am

Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company hosting Artisans’ Fair

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 11th annual Artisans’ Fair, on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the fire house at Hollywood Street and Route 1.

Not only is the fair an opportunity to pick up...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:27am

Sussex ‘goes Purple’ in recognition of opioid crisis

After hearing a presentation on the opioid epidemic’s impact on the county from Sussex County Health Coalition Executive Director Peggy Geisler last week, Sussex County government has decided to “Go Purple,” approving a resolution to join in the...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:25am

Picnic-goers and children got a scary surprise when a woman drove her vehicle into the fence at the Frankford Town Park.

Frankford Town Park fence damaged in crash

A Frankford woman has been charged with DUI and endangering the welfare of a child after police said she struck a fence at Frankford Town Park on Sunday, Sept. 30.

According to Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police, at 5:08 p.m....

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:22am

To improve traffic flow of Routes 113 and 18, DelDOT’s ‘preferred alternative’ for a Georgetown overpass would feature ramps built on the northeast and southwest corners of the existing intersection.

Route 113/24 changes among DelDOT plans for next five years

Each year, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces its proposed road projects for the next six years. This autumn, DelDOT showed off their plans and sought public input on the proposed Capital Transportation Program (CTP) for...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:17am

Sussex Tech Teacher of the Year gets students to perform

On a recent weekday afternoon, Anthony Natoli’s English class was outside of the classroom. Instead, students were sitting in a circle in Sussex Technical High School’s commons area, roleplaying the Salem witch trials of the 1690s and simulating...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:08am

Feeding & Clothing Our Children Symposium set for Oct. 5 at SCHS

On Oct. 5, Rotary Clubs from Southern Delaware, in conjunction with Delaware State Department of Education, Nutritional Programs, the Harry K Foundation, the Food Bank of Delaware and Clothing our Kids, are presenting the first Feeding &...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:41am

Delaware’s coastal and natural resources on display at Coast Day

Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased Sunday, Oct. 7, at DNREC’s Coast Day education tent on the campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean & Environment in Lewes.

Coast Day, which runs from 11...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:39am

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Georgetown House duplex at 2 West Georgetown, behind Seaside Country Store

Mid-century duplex to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:16am

The cover of this year's edition of Delaware Seaside Bride.

Delaware Seaside Bride releases fourth edition

“Beautiful beaches, family farms galore, and everything in between — Delmarva is the perfect location for your ‘I do’s,’” according to Delaware Seaside Bride magazine editor Maria Counts. “Delaware Seaside Bride wants to make planning your big...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:08am

Godwin School’s national historic marker to be unveiled

One century ago, children walked several miles on dirt roads to the one-room schoolhouse in western Millsboro. Now, the students are long gone, but the picturesque Godwin School on Route 20 is joining the respected ranks of the National Register...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:03am

Rae Tribbet prepares to paint a perfectly puny pumpkin... or perhaps pepper it with paste and paper... either way, this little lady is about to decorate a gourd.

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 9:52am

Spider-Man shows off his web shooters to his new buddies, Shane and Sean.

Radish Farms holds community block party

A community block party was held Sept. 29 on Tunbridge Court in the Commons of Radish Farms in Millsboro, complete with food, music, games and a surprise for the kids — Spider-Man jumping in the bounce house with them. Millsboro Police Department...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 9:39am

Members of law-enforcement join Delmarva Christian High School for an outdoor SYATP Chapel Service.

DCHS holds See You at the Pole prayer, chapel service

As schools across the country participated in “See You at the Pole” on Wednesday, Sept. 26, Delmarva Christian High School expanded their involvement by providing week-long lunchtime prayer opportunities and an outside chapel service for students...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:04pm

Oct. 14 festival to showcase Latino cuisine and culture

Sabor Latino 2018 — a new food-and-wine festival event that will celebrate Latino culture, with food, fun, music and dance — will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, 2-6 p.m., at The Clubhouse at Baywood in the Long Neck area.

Attendees can enjoy...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:02pm

Liz Berntsen returns to the Frankford Public Library as the new adult-services coordinator.

Read a movie, write a novel, meet the librarian

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just for kicks — it’s about quantity over quality. At the Frankford Public Library, Elizabeth “Liz” Berntsen has returned to manage adult programing, and she is daring people to use NaNoWriMo as impetus...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:31am

Optimist Club offers opportunities for high school students

The Optimist Club of Sussex County is offering three opportunities for high school students this upcoming school year. The Optimists’ mission is to provide hope and positive vision by bringing out the best in youth, local communities and...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:16am

Ken Schleifer, left, and Ken Cicerale, right, and Bob Yesbek (a.k.a. the Rehoboth Foodie), center, are just some of the folks performing at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and True Blue Jazz Festival.

A feast of jazz on offer in Rehoboth Beach next week

Jazz music has become synonymous with October in Rehoboth Beach.

This year, the dates to know are Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14. Musicians and audience members are coming from around the country to play and listen to the best...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:14am

Runners and walkers for the fifth annual Run, White & Blue 5K take off at the event’s starting line on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown.

Run, White & Blue raises almost $12,000 for scholarships

The fifth annual Run, White & Blue 5K/1-Mile Walk, held at the DelTech Owens Campus in Georgetown, was the most successful event yet, as nearly 500 runners and walkers braved the heat and humidity to raise almost $12,000 to support...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:02am

Beebe Healthcare to host free flu vaccination clinics

Beebe Healthcare is offering free flu clinics for the community through the end of November.

Influenza viruses change often, so an annual vaccination is recommended. Vaccinations will be provided to adults only (18 or older) at the clinics...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:53am

Beth Valente practices the letter ‘H.’

A Crash Course in American Sign Language

Practice makes perfect, and locals were invited to learn the basics of American Sign Language at an Introduction to ASL class offered during the International Week of the Deaf.

It was a true language-immersion course, as instructors Luanne...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:50am

Lesley McCaskill, ‘In the Moment,’ watercolor.

Gallery One to focus on ‘Reflections’ this month

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its October exhibit, “Reflections,” open to the public through Oct. 30.

“Reflections are what artists paint. Many scenes or subjects require careful and considered thought before...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:44am

CROP Hunger Walk to mark 30th anniversary in Bethany

This year is the 30th anniversary of the CROP Hunger Walk in Bethany Beach, sponsored by the Southeast Sussex Ministerium This year’s walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Bethany Beach bandstand, with sign-in at noon and the walk at 1:...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:37am

‘Big Truck Day’ planned at Delaware Seashore State Park this weekend

DNREC’s Delaware Seashore State Park will host its first-ever “Big Truck Day” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Indian River Marina. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:36am

DelDOT wins AASHTO award for innovative practices

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) was recognized recently at the 2018 American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Conference, as one of three states to receive the 2018 State...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:34am

IR school board aims to cut future out-of-district transfers

Teachers beg for relief

 Jesusa Pavon is concerned about the 28 students in her kindergarten class. When she walks them through the hallways at East Millsboro Elementary School, “I don’t see the end of my line,” she said. There are too many students and not enough...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:27pm

County council urged to ‘Go Purple’

The Sussex County Council this week was urged to ride a purple wave, as activists sought to officially add Sussex County to the areas of the state taking part in the “Goes Purple” campaign to address the opioid addiction epidemic.

“There’s...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:25pm

Captain Tom Fowler of Back Bay Tours heads out toward the Indian River Bay for a tour.

Marina owner frustrated over State’s opposition to plan for restaurant

“Captain Tom” Fowler stands in front of the small building that serves as the office for his businesses, Ocean View Marina and Back Bay Tours, where shorebirds ply the canal banks for food as a boat makes its way toward the nearby White’s Creek...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 3:24pm